What I have learned this year:
Nothing is worse than NOT pursuing your dreams. What are you passionate about? What would you do with your life if money wasn’t an option? In my own life, making financial sacrifices to start my own business has been worth every single penny, late night, good cry. So many people are content with where they are at, what job they are doing just because it pays the bills. Don’t get me wrong, not everyone is called to be a business owner, stay at home mom or CEO in a fortune 500 company BUT everyone should at least be working towards their dreams and goals. If you are happy where you’re at – that is awesome. Find what you’re passionate about and start working towards that. Do you dread going to work everyday? Do you go through the week just trying to make it to Friday? Find something that you enjoy doing and see if you can make a career out of it! Even if you can’t quite your job and move to a remote island and lay in a hammock all day, at least make time for things like that bring you relaxation and happiness. This year has taught me to slow down, relax, and enjoy the little things. I found myself overworked, exhausted and essentially just living to survive the next day. It wasn’t worth it. It was a waste of the only life I have. I found myself crying out to God saying, “I can’t do this anymore. I’m exhausted. Somethings gotta change.” The night I decided to quite my job and launch Miss Jee’s full time was actually the night that I cried so hard my teeth hurt. Yea, it was bad, but I was at that point where I was desperate for a change, so I made one. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t just up and quite because I just decided to become a photographer. Like my pastor said in his sermon on Sunday, “Don’t ignore the season of preparation.” I had been working towards this for 5 years. That’s 5 years of trial and error, discounted sessions, free sessions, hours upon hours of researching the topics of photography and business and not to mention thousands of dollars in equipment, props, software and a new computer. Follow your dreams but don’t forget to prepare for them.
Anywhos, what I’m trying to say is – Do you feel like you’re wasting your life away on things that don’t matter? Whether that be watching too much t.v., being on facebook too much, working too much, etc. What’s keeping you from pursuing your dreams, reaching your goals? What’s keeping you from spending quality time with your children, friends, and family? What’s stopping you from going to the gym? Why aren’t you reaching your health goals? What’s keeping you from volunteering at your church (or elsewhere)? What’s distracting you from really living?
My challenge for you and myself for 2013 is to start doing things that are worth the sacrifice of a day of your life. Is facebook/pinterest worth not baking cookies with your kids or reading them a book? Is that t.v. show worth not reaching your health goals? You decide. Make 2013 your best year ever.